Soft-baked molasses cookies

There is something about molasses-based cookies around Christmas. Those flavors, combined with the festive spirit, as the perfect combination. There are plenty of molasses-flavored cookies out there, such as gingerbread cookies, but each one is unique in its own way. Soft-baked molasses cookies are fairly similar in flavor, however, their soft texture and sugar-coated outside make them a completely different cookie. This recipe was shared by a friend of mine and has quickly become a family favorite.

Soft-baked Molasses Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 3 1/2-4 cups flour


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Cream together butter, sugar, and eggs until light and fluffy.
  3. Add molasses and stir well.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together boiling water and 3 teaspoons of baking soda. Add into the butter mixture and stir. This will make it fairly watery. Add in vanilla extract.
  5. In a separate large bowl, combine all dry ingredients – ensuring that you only add 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Fold the flour mixture into the butter mixture. The dough should be sticky but workable. If it is too sticky, add in a little more flour.
  6. Roll dough into golf-ball-sized balls. Roll in sugar and then place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

What cookies do you love to make during the holidays?


  1. These looks so tasty! 😀 I really want to do some baking right now.

    1. They are really good. Easily my second favorite cookie to make over the holidays.

    1. I hope you enjoy them!

  2. I missed out on doing Christmas baking, so I’m living vicariously now through blog posts. These look divine!

    1. They are so good. You could also do some after-holidays baking!

  3. Yes, buying cookies can get pricey, that’s why I try to make cookies more often than buying them. I hope you enjoy these when you do give them a try!

  4. These are so similar to the molasses cookies my mom has always made. It makes me want to whip up a batch right now!

    1. I love finding recipes that are similar to things I ate as a child. I hope you are able to bake a batch and enjoy them.

  5. Looks yummy and seem it’s easy to do as well. I can make it for me. Thak you for sharing!

    1. Thank you. They are indeed easy to make and very delicious.

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